Scholarships for Education and Economic Development
The Scholarships for Education and Economic Development Program (USAID SEED Program) is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and administered by Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development (CIED). The program is built on the solid foundation of Georgetown and USAID’s quarter-century partnership implementing the CASS Program to support economic and social development throughout Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. SEED Program activities aim to:
- Build local LAC human capital in key sectors to support USAID’s regional economic and social development efforts in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
- Create a cadre of change agents and future leaders in their home countries with an understanding, experience and appreciation of democratic processes and U.S. values, especially free-market economics.
- Provide participants with skills/knowledge to participate actively and responsibly in democratic activities and institutions in their home countries.
- Strengthen local Central American and Caribbean capacity in a wide range of technical fields that are critically needed to increase competitiveness and free-trade opportunities.
- Support U.S. public diplomacy efforts in the LAC region by creating a cadre of future leaders who have been immersed in American culture and have an understanding and appreciation for the United States.
SEED scholarships provide training to youth and community leaders from economically disadvantaged and historically underserved populations, including women and ethnic/indigenous groups, to become key protagonists in their home countries’ development. Upon successful completion of their scholarship, all participants return to their home countries to apply their newly acquired skills from the United States. Moreover, the program significantly enhances public diplomacy efforts of the U.S. government by ensuring that participants learn firsthand about the fundamentals of civil society and free market economy. Countries currently participating in the program are the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua.
The scholarship model incorporates technical training, leadership skills enhancement, and English as a Second Language (ESL) preparation focusing on civil society, volunteerism, free-market economy, and democratic participation as practiced in the United States.
The SEED program is pleased to announce the selection of U.S. partner institutions to host the Cycle 2013 groups of SEED scholarship participants:
Youth Scholarships Partner Academic Institutions and Fields of Study
- Broome Community College: Quality Control
- Kirkwood Community College: Agribusiness for Export
- Mt. Hood Community College: Environmental Technology/Climate Change
- Fox Valley Technical College: Entrepreneurship and Leadership for Youth
- Northcentral Technical College: Entrepreneurship and Leadership for Youth
- St. Louis Community College: Quality Control
- Florida State College at Jacksonville: Small and Medium Business Management for Women
Professional Scholarships Academic Institutions and Fields of Study
- University of Arizona: Strengthening Rural Primary Education for Indigenous Children in Mexico and Strengthening Rural Primary Education for Indigenous Technical Supervisors in Mexico
- El Paso Community College: Building Primary Education Reading Skills
- Alamo Community College: Strengthening Education for Middle School At-Risk Youth
- University of Northern Colorado: Building Primary Education Reading Skills
- California State University at Dominguez Hills: Strengthening Education for Middle School for At-Risk Youth